Women’s rights in Afghanistan

I once was asked an interview question along these lines: As a public policy organization, you are deciding what are primary issues for women in Afghanistan to write in a memo for a policy-maker.  You know that the policy organization in the past has focused on promoting women’s rights, but you also know that, based…

Thoughts on Guns, Germs, and Steel

Throughout my academic life, I had heard professors refer to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel, and even had been assigned segments of chapters to read in class. Sometimes it had been portrayed as a work of genius, other times it was portrayed as an example of poor academic scholarship, so it seemed worthwhile to…